We’ve had lots of sinkholes in the area lately, from the middle of the city in Mt. Vernon to the neighborhoods of Rodgers Forge. So it’s fitting in this year of the sinkhole that s Maryland astronomer is even seeing one in the heart of Pluto.
Last week’s images from the Johns Hopkins APL-controlled New Horizons spacecraft revealed a romantic, heart-shaped formation on Pluto. Awww!
We won’t get the real download of images from New Horizons‘s Pluto flyby for a little while now, but some of the preliminary pictures sent back by the Johns Hopkins-controlled spacecraft are already revealing some surprises.
Nearly a decade ago, the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab waved goodbye to the New Horizons spacecraft as it set out on a journey far away. Very far away. More than a billion miles away, in fact. And next week, New Horizons will finally reach its most distant point: Pluto.
Yes, the movie Interstellar–which features a spacecraft entering a wormhole in the vicinity of Saturn, and zipping over into another galaxy–is fiction. But NASA is currently in the process of sending a a probe three billion (!!) miles through deep space in order to gain more information about Pluto and its moons.